Four NSW digital ventures share $291,000 in funding round

10:00AM | Friday, 19 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Four NSW digital ventures have been backed with a total of $291,000 in state government funding, including, unusually, backing for a start-up to further develop its business plan.

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Mobile-charging shoes

10:55PM | Thursday, 20 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Your mobile phone might never run out of power mid-conversation again, thanks to research from the University of Wisconsin.

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Catch of the Day grows with new online restaurant site

10:21PM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Catch of the Day keeps rolling out new ventures, with its newest looking to become a game-changer in the restaurants sector.

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Melbourne Uni start-up MetaCDN snags $2.3 million investment

10:00AM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

MetaCDN, a web start-up born out of the University of Melbourne, has secured $US2.3 million in an investment round led by Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures.

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Shed clothes – and memories – with The Divorcee Sale

10:00AM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Divorcee Sale is a way for women to ditch possessions from their pre-split life while making a handy profit.

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Five advantages to becoming a franchisee

10:44PM | Wednesday, 17 October 2012 | Marc Peskett

When you decide to start-up, a key decision is whether you should go it alone or buy a franchise. Here are five major advantages to becoming a franchisee. BY MARC PESKETT.

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Aussie humour workshop is no joke

10:20PM | Tuesday, 18 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Swinburne University ran a workshop to teach its international students the logic of Australian humour, highlighting the level of interest in quirkier aspects of Australian culture.

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Sydney doctor named among world’s 50 best new start-ups

10:00AM | Wednesday, 17 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

A start-up launched by a Sydney doctor to aid paediatric care in remote Aboriginal communities has been named among the world’s 50 most innovative new businesses by Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Aussie exec Rebekah Horne to head Google Ventures-backed US start-up

10:29PM | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Rebekah Horne, digital director of DMG Radio Australia, has been installed as CEO of US start-up TopFloor, which has been backed by Google’s venture capital arm.

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Five ways to get the most out of the Christmas spending rush

10:02PM | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

It’s already October, which means it’s time to start preparing for the festive season. Here are five things you should do to bring your business some extra Christmas cheer. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Flying carpet a sky-high idea

10:26PM | Friday, 14 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

A battery-powered magic carpet has had lift-off in the United States, suggesting magic carpet rides could soon become a reality.

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Student entrepreneurs handed $20,000 Big Break

10:00AM | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Two Queensland University of Technology students are looking to shake up the social entrepreneurship space after winning the $20,000 top prize at the annual Big Break Project, organised by accountancy body CPA.

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Grout Pro saved after liquidation as 11 franchisees sign on

10:43PM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The new owners of the Grout Pro Australia business have signed contracts with 11 existing franchisees after taking over the business in June 2012 following its liquidation.

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Is group buying turning into a graveyard for start-ups?

10:25PM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian group buying industry is displaying all the symptoms of an unsustainable bubble. So is the industry just an empty “fad” or simply experiencing growing pains? BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Gold Coast incubator Silicon Lakes aiming to make a splash among start-ups

10:00AM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

A new incubator for tech start-ups, dubbed Silicon Lakes, is launching on the Gold Coast, with a pitch competition for app developers acting as the curtain raiser to the scheme.

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Pasta-making video game a novel X-perience

10:11PM | Tuesday, 4 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Computer scientists in Bologna have developed a game that teaches players how to make tortellini using motion-sensing software and a webcam.

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Death threats and tyre slashings: Delivery wars escalate as WantItNow launches

10:01PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Companies in the the transport industry are scrambling to stake their claim in the internet shopping delivery bonanza.

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Hotels take a robotic approach to “sleep art”

10:00PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Hotel chain Ibis is installing “robotic artists” in its rooms, which create unique one-of-a-kind paintings based on sleep patterns.

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Sparking up a smoking hot start-up idea

10:57PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Queensland entrepreneur Jason Healy launched electronic cigarette maker blu eCigs in 2009, later selling it for $US135 million. Here’s how a true-blue Healey rounded up a fortune in Charlotte, North Carolina. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Climate Friendly takes out top prize at Sydney Business Awards

10:29PM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Climate Friendly, a business that helps households and companies reduce their contribution to climate change, has been named the City of Sydney Business of the Year 2012.

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